Workshop Panelists To Share Information On Addictions And Recovery

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The GRAAB (Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors) Coalition will host a community workshop on Sept. 14, 2013, from 1-4 p.m. at the Cleveland Family YMCA to offer insight and to provide answers to those whose loved ones struggle with addiction.

This workshop will emphasize the importance of seeking physical and mental wellness every day, through multiple pathways and throughout the recovery process, to achieve health and well-being. The reality is that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. During this workshop, attendees will have a chance to ask area counselors what options are best for their loved ones and what steps they will need to take to ensure recovery is successful.

Scheduled to serve on the panel will be representatives from PineRidge Center, Hiwassee Mental Health, Anchor Point Foundation and Family Violence Program. Also joining the panel will be Dr. Jimmy Lee from Living Free (Turning Point Ministries) from Chattanooga. Service providers from PineRidge Center, Hiwassee Mental Health, CADAS, Camelot (Southeast Tennessee), Parkridge Valley Hospital and Anchor Point Foundation will have information on available services in the Cleveland area.

“The workshop’s primary goal is to educate and to provide a much needed awareness for loved ones or concerned family members on the dangers brought about by alcohol and drug abuse,” said Tanya Southerland, executive director, GRAAB Coalition. “We all have the potential to make a difference. Having the tools is the first step in getting help for those we care about.”

This workshop will be a part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

The mission of the G.R.A.A.B. Coalition is to bring together concerned members and service providers of the community to facilitate lowering the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as other addictive behaviors, in Bradley County, by providing effective education, recovery, and support for youth, families, and the community. For more information on this workshop or other programs available from the GRAAB Coalition, call 423 472-5800 or 423 653-9969.

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